How to Treat a Toothache Naturally

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Do you have a loose filling? What about a cracked tooth or cavity? Dealing with an abscess or sinus condition? All of these dental concerns can be painful, and then you have to wait to see the dentist.

How do you deal with the pain until then? Fortunately, some trusted home remedies provide relief naturally until your appointment day arrives:

Clove Oil

Try clove oil for a painful toothache. Cloves naturally numb nerves and its main chemical component eugenol is an anesthetic.

Don’t apply the clove oil directly, because essential oils are powerful and may cause more pain in sensitive areas. Place two drops on a cotton ball and place it on the tooth until the pain subsides. You can also use a whole clove and release the oil by chewing, keeping it place for about a half hour at most.

Ginger-Cayenne Paste

Mix a combination of powdered or finely mashed ginger and cayenne into a paste. Dab the paste with a cotton ball and place it on the tooth avoiding your tongue and gums, as the mixture will burn at first before bringing relief. These two warming herbs are pain killers, but cayenne contains capsaicin which stops pain signals from reaching your brain.

Pain Killer Mouth Wash

Dissolve salt in boil water and let it reach a comfortable temperature. Swish the salt mouthwash to bring down swelling and remove debris. The salt draws out the fluid that triggers the swelling.

Numb with Peppermint Tea

Peppermint doesn’t just go in your latte. Peppermint tea is naturally numbing, and if you’re suffering from a headache, the tea will also help that. Make peppermint tea by boiling one teaspoon of peppermint leaves in one cup of water.

Steep for 20 minutes and let cool. To gain the benefits, swish each sip of tea around in your mouth before swallowing, or take a bigger sip, swish and spit it out.

Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

To calm discomfort and eliminate bacteria, swish your sore tooth with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. Tasting a foul flavor and experiencing fever are signs of infection, but the hydrogen peroxide solution will ease the pain until you get to the dentist.

Put it on Ice

Put an ice cube in a plastic bag and wrap a thin dishcloth around the bag. Apply to the tooth, or if awkward, place the bag over your cheek where the pain is. The cold signals your brain receives should override the pain messages from your tooth.

Less Intense Myrrh Rinse

Bring down the intensity of your tooth’s inflammation and pain by rinsing with myrrh. Simmer two cups of water on the stove and a teaspoon of powdered myrrh for 30 minutes.

Strain the powder out, and let the rinse cool before using. Rinse with this solution up to five times a day by diluting it in a teaspoon of myrrh tincture with a half cup of water.

Use the Right Tools

Try a more natural toothpaste or one designed for sensitive teeth. If you experience gingivitis, shrinking gums or sensitivity due to hot or cold foods, a softer toothbrush will also help calm these issues until your dentist appointment.

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Don’t use this remedy before a party if you plan on talking to anyone. Garlic has antibiotic properties created when crushed, and it can slow the growth of bacteria plaguing your tooth. While garlic may temporarily ease your pain, a remedy’s effectiveness depends on the cause: if you have temporomandibular joint disorder, the garlic remedy won’t work.

Mash the garlic clove and add salt, applying the paste to your tooth, or place a clove in your mouth and chew. Repeat this remedy two to three times every day.

Vanilla Extract

Natural vanilla extract contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to provide pain and swelling relief. All you have to do is apply a little of the extract to one finger and rub on the gum line. The alcohol in the extract will also numb the pain.

Natural remedies will provide temporary relief for toothaches, no matter if you have a fear of the dentist or are waiting for your appointment day to arrive.

Many of these ingredients to soothe a cracked tooth, cavity or infection are right in your refrigerator or pantry. Try natural ingredients for relief such as clove oil, peppermint tea or garlic. Use a softer toothbrush and gentler toothpaste on sensitive areas. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist’s office for suggestions of home remedies to tide you over until they can fit you in.

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